The Dental Hygiene program provides a curriculum which reflects the core values of the profession, instills an understanding of life-long learning, and educates the graduate to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure which are required to practice dental hygiene.

The Dental Hygiene program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Dental Hygiene while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Dental Hygiene program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.

Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam, as well as regional and state licensing exams. Successful completion of national, regional and state exams is required for licensure. Licensure is required for employment. The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The program begins in the fall semester of each year and is 2 years in length. The dental hygiene program is a full-time, primarily daytime program. Students are in classes, labs or clinics Monday through Friday and are on campus anywhere from 16-26 hours a week depending upon the semester.

WHY CHOOSE THE DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM? Dental hygiene is an excellent profession for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the health field and prefer one-on-one interaction with patients. Dental hygiene is very prevention oriented and hygienists spend much of their time screening for disease and educating patients on how to prevent disease. Good communication and organization skills are a must for dental hygienists.

ATTENTION 2014 APPLICANTS: Effective Fall 2014, dental hygiene will accept CHEM 111 or CHEM 101 as the dental hygiene chemistry prerequisite. Please contact a dental hygiene program chair if you have questions regarding this change.


Associate of Applied Science (76 credit hours = 7 semesters)

Courses you will take

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Dental Hygiene program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

East Central (Anderson)
Application Deadline:

April 5 for classes starting in August


Joyce Hudson
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext. 2371

Dental Hygiene Information Letter

Dental Hygiene Application Packet

Dental Hygiene Verification Form

Spring Information Sessions

Dental Hygiene Estimated Fees

Directions for viewing the dental hygiene on-line info session:

  1. Sound is required in order to view the dental hygiene on-line info session.
  2. Click the link:
  3. You will need to allow time for the presentation to load.
  4. At the bottom right side of the screen will be an icon that allows you to view the presentation in full screen.  The presentation is best viewed utilizing this option.
  5. At the bottom left side of the screen is an arrow that will allow you to begin the presentation.  In the middle of the screen are arrows that allow you to advance the presentation or go back to a particular part of the presentation to review the information again.
  6. The narration for each slide will begin automatically as you advance the slides.
  7. On the right side of the screen will be buttons that allow you to enlarge or reduce the size of each slide.  For some of the slides with statistical information, you may need to enlarge the screen to adequately view this information.

ATTENTION 2014 APPLICANTS:  Effective fall 2014, dental hygiene will accept CHEM 111 or CHEM 101 as the dental hygiene chemistry pre-req.  Please contact the dental hygiene program chair if you have questions regarding this change.

North Central (South Bend)

The dental hygienist is a licensed oral health care professional who an integral part of the dental health care team. A dental hygienist specializes in preventing and treating oral diseases to protect teeth, gums and patients’ total health. 

Common procedures performed by hygienists include patient education, removing deposits from teeth and below the gum line, taking dental x-rays, and the application of fluoride and dental sealants. State dental boards determine the duties hygienists are able to perform.

Dental Hygiene Admission Packet

Dental Hygiene Information Sessions

Each information session lasts approximately 1 hour. Registration is not required. Participants are asked to be on time to the session and stay for the entire presentation.

For more information contact Barbara MacMillan at 574-289-7001, ext. 6379 or